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Whirlpool side by side compressor replacement?

I woke up this morning and it smelled like there was an electrical fire in the house, I tracked it down to our refrigerator, it's a Whirlpool side-by-side model # GD5SHAXKQ00

I removed the back cover and found the electrical part that plugs into the side of the Embraco compressor # EGY90HLP was pretty much melted, I believe this might be the start relay or switch ? the number on it is 4SP1001, when I removed it I found it had also melted one of the three pins off the compressor, *&%$#!!!

Are there any repairs for the compressor or is it going to have to be replaced due to the melted pin,

And since I don't know exactly how these things work, I'm assuming it was the relay/switch, if thats what it is that caused the problem, and not that the compressor caused the relay to melt?

The fridge is 7 years old and although I do have a Freon license, I have no Freon equipment to work on the system, so I'm also debating if it's worth repairing it or just replacing it, I don't want to spend half the value on a 7 yr old fridge to repair it, the water drain in the freezer is also constantly freezing over, I have to clear it out about every 4-5 months ,

Any ideal on roughly how much to have a compressor and the switch replaced?

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  • brianm767 Feb 14, 2008

    Also, what does the switch or relay do? my fridge is still working, it's still blowing out cold air, does this mean it's not going to shut off?
    I was expecting it to start warming up, maybe it's going to do the opposite?

  • pacoPE May 09, 2008

    I had the exact thing happen to me a couple a days ago. Did replacing the relay work? I have replaced the Whirlpool with another refirgerator, but I want to fix this one and keep in the garage. Is it worth the effort?

  • Noel Moloney
    Noel Moloney May 30, 2014

    PacoPE, no it's not. Get rid of it. My Whirlpool burnt down my house, injured my wife and made us lose everything we owned.



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Uk price is about £250 fitted i done one about 2 months ago. or thats what my company charge

Posted on Feb 14, 2008

  • daniel gooch Feb 14, 2008

    the compressor has 2 windings start and run after it starts it switches to the run winding to save power. also there is a over heat on there if the compressor gets to hot you can hear it click then it switches it off intil it cools down. hope this helps



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SOURCE: Whirlpool side-by-side melted relay.

did it burn through the compressor or is any of the pin sticking out

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